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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Transfer Credit

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Transfer Credit


Equivalency Guides and Policies

Beginning fall quarter 2005, it became the University’s policy to accept a maximum 135 credits, including a maximum of 105 lower-division credits, earned at institutions fully accredited by their respective regional accrediting association. Credits are evaluated toward meeting degree requirements by Registrar Services based upon official transcripts.

Transfer courses equivalent to CWU courses will apply toward the baccalaureate degree exactly as do the CWU courses for which they are being substituted. Equivalency is established by the appropriate academic departments. Other transfer courses that have not been established as exact equivalents may also be substituted and allowed in the degree program with approval from the appropriate academic department chair and, as appropriate, college dean. Other transfer courses that are not exact equivalents may also be accepted and allowed as general electives in the degree program with approval.

Credits earned at institutions which are not fully accredited by a regional accrediting association are not accepted. Consideration for exception to this policy may be made by written petition to the dean of the appropriate college after earning a minimum of 45 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

The University recognizes college credit from a number of sources, including Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and military education experience or correspondence credit. Up to 45 quarter credits can be earned from these programs.

The University endorses the Policy on Inter-College Transfer and Articulation among Washington public colleges and universities published by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. The policy deals with the rights and responsibilities of transfer students, and the review and appeal process in transfer credit disputes. Contact Registrar Services for more detailed information.

The University will accept a maximum of 105 community college credits. Additional coursework which exceeds that amount may be used to meet specific degree requirements, but additional credits will not be allowed. Credits earned in courses numbered 100 and above are generally accepted provided the courses require university-level study.

Academic associate degrees which are part of Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA) between the University and Washington community colleges will meet the general education requirement of a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges offer several kinds of associate degrees, therefore, students who plan to transfer to the University should check with their counselors to make sure they are enrolled in the appropriate degree program. Students who earned the AA degree prior to the date of DTA between the University and individual community colleges may petition the provost or his designee for acceptance of their degree to meet general education requirements.

Associate of Science degrees with transfer agreements between the University and Washington community colleges will meet the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree when students complete additional courses at the University. Transfer students without a transferable associate degree from a Washington state community college wishing to complete such a degree must complete it by the time they have completed 45 credits or within one calendar year, whichever comes later, after initial enrollment at Central in order for the AA degree to satisfy the general education requirements at Central. A student cannot earn an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in the same quarter.

Academic transfer AA degrees from a college or university outside Washington state accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges will meet the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree.

Advanced Placement Credit


Students may receive credit or advanced placement, or both, depending upon the scores achieved in the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Test (AP). Students must request that their AP test scores be sent to the Registrar’s Office at Central. Scores of 3 or better on Advanced Placement Examination will be awarded as free electives for departments without specific policy.

Department   AP Score   CWU Credit
Art   3, 4, 5   Department Electives.
Biology   3   Credit for BIOL 101.
    4, 5   Credit for any two of BIOL 101, 110, 111, 112.
Chemistry   3   Exempt from CHEM 181, 181LAB; credit awarded upon successful completion of CHEM 182.
    4   Exempt from CHEM 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB credit for both courses awarded upon successful completion of CHEM 183 and CHEM 183LAB.
    5   Credit for CHEM 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB, 183, 183LAB.
Computer Science A   3, 4,   Credit for CS 110.
Computer Science A   5   Credit for CS 110, 111.
Computer Science AB   3, 4   Credit for CS 110, 111.
Computer Science AB   5   Credit for CS 110, 111, 301
  Micro Economics   3   Credit for ECON 201.
  Macro Economics   3   Credit for ECON 202.
  Lang and Comp   3, 4, 5   Credit for ENG 101.
  Lit and Comp   3, 4, 5   Credit for ENG 105.
Environmental Science   3, 4, 5   Environmental Science elective.
Foreign   3   Credit for 251.
Languages (all)   4   Credit for 251, 252.
  Maximum 15 total cr.   5   Credit for 251, 252, 253.
U.S. History   3   Credit for either HIST 143 or 144.
    4   Credit for either HIST 143 or HIST 144, with exemption for majors in the other. (Majors will be required to take an additional 5 credits of upper-division U.S. History.)
    5   Credit for HIST 143 and HIST 144.
European History   3   Credit for either HIST 102 or 103.
    4, 5   Credit for either HIST 102 or HIST 103 with exemption for majors in the other. (Majors will be required to take 5 additional credits in upper division non-Western history.)
Calculus AB   3, 4, 5   Credit for MATH 172
Calculus BC   3, 4, 5   Credit for MATH 172 and 173
Math Statistics   3, 4 or 5   Credit for MATH 311
Music   3, 4, 5   Department Electives.
Physics B   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS 111, 111LAB, 112, 112LAB, 113, 113LAB.
Physics C
  Mechanics   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS 181, 181LAB, 3 Dept. Electives.
  Electricity and   4, 5   Exemption from PHYS
  Magnetism       182, 182LAB.
Political Science
  American Govt   5   Credit for POSC 210
  Comparative Politics   5   Credit for POSC 260
Psychology   4   Credit for PSY 101

College Level Examination Program


Students will be awarded five college-level quarter credits for each score at the 50th percentile on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) humanities, social science/history and natural sciences examinations. These credits will meet the general education requirements in the appropriate areas. Students may also be awarded credit for subject examinations as determined by appropriate academic departments at the time of application for credit.

No more than 45 total quarter credits through CLEP or other sources of nontraditional credit may apply to graduation requirements. CLEP credit is not awarded for English.

College Level Examination Program

CLEP Test Scores for Central Washington University at the 50th Percentile or Above.

    Percentile   Score   CWU Area of Credits Awarded
Humanities   50th   50   Literature & the Humanities
Natural Sciences   50th   50   Fundamental Disciplines of Physical & Biological Sciences
Social Science & History   50th   50   Perspectives on the Cultures & Experiences of the US
Chemistry   B grade   63   Chemistry 181, 181LAB
History US I   50th   57   History 143
History US II   50th   54   History 144
Western Civilization I   50th   50   History 101
Western Civilization II   50th   50   History 102 or 103
Calculus w/Elem. Funct.   50th   50   Math 172 & Math 173
Intro to Psychology   50th   50   Psychology 101
Human Growth & Devel   50th   50   Psychology 314
Intro Ed. Psychology   50th   50   Psychology 315
Intro to Sociology   50th   50   Sociology 107
Info Systems & Computer Applications   50th   50   Computer Science 101
Foreign Languages    

Level I


Level II

Spanish Language     50 151, 152 & 153   63 Spanish 251, 252 & 253
French Language     50 151, 152 & 153   62 French 251, 252 & 253
German Language     50 151, 152 & 153   63 German 251, 252, & 253

International Baccalaureate


Central recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as a coherent, challenging course of study and responds individually to each participant’s IB transcript for award of college credit. Students may be awarded credit for completing individual areas of study within the program. IB students should submit transcripts to Registrar Services, which will review their program of study and examination scores with the appropriate department chair.

Credit for Military Service


Upon submission of the DD214 or DD295, matriculated students may receive up to 30 lower division elective credits for completion of military schools as recommended by the American Council on Education.

Non-U.S. College/University Credit


Credit will be accepted from non-U.S. institutions of higher education when (1) it has been earned at an institution linked to CWU either by a bilateral or consortial (e.g., International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) agreement, or when an institution has been certified by the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs as a legitimate, recognized institution of higher education (tertiary level) within a particular country; (2) the student has received a passing grade recognized by the institution; and (3) an official record or transcript has been received by the University.

Degrees Offered


Central Washington University offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts and Science
Bachelor of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Applied Science

Students wishing to earn a B.A., B.F.A, B.MUS., or B.S. degree must complete (1) the general education program; (2) a concentration of at least 60 credits which may be satisfied by a specified major, or a specified major and minor, or a specified major and courses in other fields as prescribed by the major department; (3) electives in sufficient quantity to bring the total quarter credits to 180; and (4) other degree requirements as specified. Major fields of study are listed below. Minor concentrations are offered in many fields.

Students wishing to earn a B.A.Ed. degree must complete (1) the general education program; (2) a major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Special Education and minors, when appropriate; (3) the professional education foundation courses; (4) 180 total quarter credits; and (5) other general degree requirements as listed under the College of Education and Professional Studies section in this catalog. Students may select any University minor; however, students are strongly encouraged to select an endorsable teaching minor.